Five Ways to Clean Up Your Website for the New Year

Five Ways to Clean Up Your Website for the New Year

By Dana Grennier | Account Director


Updated: Nov. 3, 2020
Originally Published: Nov. 2017

 

There is something about having a brand-new website that just feels amazing. You and your team have worked hard to achieve this perfect look and feel. You have paid attention to every detail you can possibly think of (there is always one or two things that slip through – it happens to the best of us). But as time moves forward, you might find yourself paying less and less attention to the website because other things seem to have a more immediate need.

As we head into a new year, it is a great time to look at your website and find ways to freshen it up. Below are five tasks that can make a positive impact.

1. Update the Copyright on Your Website

Seems small, right? But a user might notice that your website says 2018, when it is 2021! That gives the impression that no one is paying attention to the site and the information isn’t correct anymore. It is a quick change in Titan CMS, through the Titan Administration section.

 

Copyright line in Titan CMS 7.0 admin

2. Fix Broken Links

As content changes, links break. Maybe you linked outside of your website, and that resource has moved or, worse, no longer exists. A small typo can create a broken link, too. You can use tools (a good one is Screamingfrog) to proactively find errors so you can clean them up. Fixing broken links will raise your search rankings and reduce the number of 404 errors your users encounter.

3. Remove Outdated Content

These days, content can have a shelf-life. Websites, as we know, are no longer set it and forget it. They must be treated like living parts of your business. Going through your content (think blogs, events, how-to articles, product information, etc.) and determining what stays and what goes is a great way to spend time.

It might be that some content just needs a little refresh. If that’s the case, garner some data by doing keyword research (we can help if you aren’t sure where to start) before throwing away everything and starting from scratch.

It is a daunting task but divide up your website and make it a weekly or monthly goal to check certain sections. Before you know it, you will be in the habit and it won’t be an annual task anymore.

Oh, one last thing, don’t forget to clean metadata too!
 

screen grab of meta data fields in Titan CMS admin

Edit your metadata in Titan CMS in the Search Engine Information section of the page properties.

4. Clean Up Your File Pile

The File Pile is like that junk drawer you swear you’ll never have, but – like everyone else – you have. Maybe you have more than one.

Go through your File Pile to spot duplicates, obsolete or otherwise useless files and to identify files you need. Increased tree performance, better search results and consistent content standards make the effort totally worthwhile. Jon Kuhl, chief programmer and software architect of Titan CMS, shares some excellent tips in his article, How To Analyze and Clean Up Your File Pile.

5. Configure Smart Search

Nothing frustrates end users more than not finding what they are searching for on your site. What to do? Call in a superhero: Smart Search. 

Available for Titan CMS 6.8 and higher, Smart Search allows you to manipulate how end users receive search results. Add Smart Search to your monthly monitoring schedule, too. Sometimes, you will need to adjust. Sometimes, you’ll be spot on. Either way, you’ll want to know.

 

Example of a Titan CMS Smart Search card

Make it easy for users to find what they’re looking for by creating cards for your most-searched pages.

Check out 5 Tips and Tricks for Making Internal Searches On Your Titan CMS Site As Smart As Google Searches to help you get started.

Note: All screen shots in this blog are from the new Titan CMS 7.0 interface. To upgrade your Titan CMS to v7.0, please contact us for more information.

Originally Published: Tue, November 03, 2020